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CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.
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Photo of Ultimate
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues, the pioneers of great craft beer in a can, this partnership was a perfect fit-we're mutual members of the canned craft club and North Carolina neighbors. A dry hop rye bock, CANfusion blends features from across the brewing spectrum: spicy rye, tangy wheat and bright citrus-like hops. The complex malt body launches a peppery blast that's balanced by the fruity and floral Australian Ella hop varietal. CANfusion is a true synergy of friends and flavors." Brewed in the style of a Bock beer, available in single 12 oz. cans as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of an ecru white color over a bold orange body with high clarity and lightly crisp carbonation. Retention is average at best and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) The aroma smells of soft biscuit caramel, lightly tangy and spicy rye grain with a moderately yeasty profile generating notes of soft fruit, mild funk and delicate pepper. The hop profile is very faint in aroma although mild bitter pine and fruit come through as most prominent. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of bread malt and pepper from a spicy rye profile, finishing mildly grainy, tangy with a moderate earthy and piney bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, modestly syrupy, moderately dry. Carbonation is medium generating a moderate frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and tangy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Nice flavors of rye come through in this bock beer, generating a soft bread, spicy and tangy flavor and enhancing body, although the hop don't quite play a dominant role in balancing the malt and hop profile, which is a minor quirk. This is a fairly enjoyable ale in the 2014 Beer Camp series. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
CANfusion: Rye Bock
3.59/5.00

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Full Pint, Rye, Red Wheat, Munich, Melanoidan, Acidulated malts. Bittered with Summit, finished with Aurora and Ella.
7.2% ABV, OG=17.5P, FG=3.5P, 45 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear medium copper, forming a nice off yellow head with good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is of a clean ferment, however, there are definite ale yeast character even though it's brewed with a lager yeast. By that I mean fruity esters on top of the tropical hops. A nice amount of toast and munich malt in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied, crisp and lightly cloying, with a slick finish. The taste is very nice...I would not pick this out as a bock, more like an imperial pale. There is a subtle earthiness imparted by the rye in the aftertaste. The bitterness is medium but overall tends towards the sweet side because of the big malt body and munich residual sugars. At times, there is a subtle saparilla/wintergreen/root beer-like flavor, probably a mix of the hops and the rye. Finish is astringent despite the mild syrupy sweetness in the middle.

An interesting beer. One can is plenty as it's so rich. Well brewed.

Photo of italianstallion
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the Beer Camp series was released, a buddy of mine snapped up several cases and knowing about The CANQuest (tm), he decided to bequeath a couple of the CANs to me. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery"; "Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues, the pioneers of great craft beer in a [CAN], this partnership was a perfect fit - we're mutual members of the [CAN]ned craft club and North [CAN]olina neighbors. A dry hop rye bock, CANfusion blends features from across the brewing spectrum: spicy rye, tangy wheat and bright citrus-like hops. The complex malt body launches a peppery blast that's balanced by the fruity and floral Australian Ella hop varietal. CANfusion is a true synergy of friends and flavors."

I Crack!ed this bad boy open and oh, how I wanted to CANduct an inverted Glug, but I CANstrained myself due to its relative age. I still got a little better than a skim of tawny head, but the bartender's trick is mt best friend of late and this created a brief finger of tawny head before falling back and leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, but underlain with a black peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium-to full, approaching, but not achieving, creaminess. Man, the taste was a blast on my poor, bruised tongue! I was getting caramel malt, then lemony hops and finally, a sucker punch of black pepper from the rye! Phew. CAN I come home from Beer Camp yet? Warming, I got notes of honey, mint and black pekoe tea. Holy Fusion, Batman! You might expect the finish on a Bock to be sweet, but this one was anything but. I might put it at semi-dry, maybe, but I would not be willing to argue the point. This was no playing around beer. Final pour: Little change in clarity; peppery/minty nose seemed more pronounced; taste was relatively unchanged. Filtered? Or just properly lagered?

Photo of PCBrewski
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Sight micro floaties action in my amber brown bock is OK. Head is a nice 1/4 inch that sticks around for a bit.
S - Not getting too much spicy rye or sweet bock tones. Bready and caramel like mostly.
T - Not bad again kind of in the middle of rye and bock. It is just somewhat hoppy, good bit of spiced rye, and a bready bock finish.
M - Very smooth for 7% but not watery.

Overall this Oskar Blues inspired brew is quite good just nothing to brag about.

Photo of brywhite
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt73
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgeddis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hosehead83
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crowsnest
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSSG
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, soapy head that collapses and leaves nice lacing. Copper color. Bright, citrus aroma. Starts with a spicy, citrus flavor. An oddly large hop presence, but it fades quickly into a nice rye malt back comes through; rich and spicy. Finish is a touch of hop bitterness atop of deep, rich rye flavor.

This is definitely confused, but DELICIOUS. Rye bock? Bock? No. Rye? ABSOLUTELY! This seems more analogous to something like the August Schell Emerald Rye lager than a Rye bock. A definite miss on the style, but an absolute winner for any fan of rye!

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/13/15

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange with some burnt orange - medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice spots and splotches of lacing

S: Many aromas here, with an interesting mix of malts and some citrus - floral and juicy citrus, with some citrus zest - some light fruitiness - distinct spiciness of rye with some wheat - bock aromas at its core, with some pale and caramel grains, caramelized malts, light molasses, and bread crust

T: Sweet citrus, with some orange flesh, some citrus zest, and some grapefruit pith - interesting malt profile, with a big rye component, some wheat, and some more typical malts - caramel grains, caramel, sweet bread crust - lightly fruity with some sweetness - lightly spicy, earthy finish

M: Medium body, smooth, medium amount of carbonation

O: I'm not canfuse

There are a lot of competing flavors here, and it mostly works. I probably wouldn't have guessed this was a bock, if I didn't know what I was drinking, because the bock flavors are overshadowed by the unique combination of hops, rye, and wheat. It's interesting.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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